NTSB Identification: NYC86LA012.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29746.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 17, 1985 in COLTS NECK, NJ
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N678TV
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT ENTERED AN AUTOROTATION AT AN ALT OF 1000 FT MSL AT A SPEED OF 100 MPH. THE PLT STATED, AT 75 FT AGL HE STARTED TO DECELERATE AND THE ACFT WAS LEVELED AT 8 FT AGL. CUSHIONING PITCH WAS USED TO HOLD THE ACFT OFF THE GROUND FOR A ZERO GROUND RUN ON TOUCHDOWN. THE HEELS OF THE SKIDS TOUCHED THE TERRAIN RESULTING IN THE NOSE PITCHING UP. THIS RESULTED IN THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES FLEXING AND SEVERING THE TAIL ROTOR DRIVE SHAFT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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